Stories matter

Hi, So, how are things? Have you managed to avoid cabin fever as well as COVID19? 🙂 The sun is out, the birds are singing, and, NO! GET BACK INSIDE! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!! 🙂 Ahem… well, we’ll just have to do our best to stay sane eh? We may not have a bus service or a shop out here, but the Jones Crew have a number of rural routes for our daily stroll. I say our, but the kids seem happy to stay inside with WiFi, snacks, and remote gaming with their mates. You have to pick your battles 🙂 To be fair to them, they’ve done really well keeping up with school work, so with it being the […]

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A look back – April

Hi, The other day I happened to catch sight of myself during a video call and there I was: bare faced, slightly grizzled in the beard department, with thinning hair, and given the camera pickup, my eyebrows had seen better days. No wonder I feel better with my face on 🙂 So long as I don’t see myself, I’m kinda okay about my image. How I feel in my head doesn’t quite line up with reality, but so long as I don’t see myself too often, it’s okay. One of the curious things about being Trans* – or maybe it’s just me – is wanting a picture of the night out. Maybe as a record, maybe to help fill in […]

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Partial Visibility

Hi, Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility and despite the lockdown situation, Trans* folk are doing what they can to be more visible. In the spirit of honesty – not that I lie or deceive on YATGB 🙂 – I struggle with days like today. Sure, I run this blog, I try my best to be an ally at work, and there’s what I do to help out at Chameleons. Thinking on the latter, there’s the outreach work we do around that too. There are times when I feel I could do more. That I should be out, open about who I am, etc. But, if I take a pace back, I think that’s the guilt talking. Perhaps, like […]

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Staying in

Hi, So, how is lockdown going for you? I guess I should add a little more to that as some countries are enforcing it, some are suggesting it, and others, well, I’m not sure ignoring is wise. I guess we will see how those strategies all play out in the coming months! For me, and listening to the Ever Lovely Mrs J’s science view on things, the populist idea of “Oh, it’ll all blow over soon. Now back to work!” seems at best naïve, in reality… What? Dumb? Willfully ignorant? Uninformed? I am short on polite words to describe certain ‘leaders’ who behave in such a way. I cannot help but feel when a consensus of medical experts challenge you […]

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Uncommuting

Hi, First off, I hope that you and yours are all safe – no matter where you are or who you are. Today was the last school run for a bit and both kids are now at home. True also for Muggins here and the Ever Lovely Mrs J. Sadly, Mrs J is run down from a bad cold – no, not COVID, thankfully! – but other than that, we soldier on. How is the virus affecting us? Well, like a lot of families, there’s been the disruption to regular life due to folk panic buying. There are four of us in the house – two adults and two teens (of which one is man-sized plus, I should add, bless […]

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